ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — She has spent more than three decades as an anchor and reporter in Western North Carolina. Today, Darcel Grimes is announcing her retirement.
For more than three decades, Darcel has been the face and spirit of News 13. Throughout her storied career, she has been a steadfast, humble and trusted voice to and for the people of Western North Carolina. Her graceful, caring and professional approach to each story, regardless of subject or scope, has made Darcel beloved and respected with viewers, coworkers and fellow journalists alike.
In 1981, Darcel came to WLOS as the night side reporter, co-anchor of the 11 p.m. show and host of a Saturday news magazine show, known as “Mainstreet.” In 1983, she added co-anchor of the 6 p.m. newscast to her list of duties.
In 2016, Darcel was inducted into the “Silver Circle,” one of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Southeast Chapter’s most prestigious awards, honoring a lifetime of achievement and dedication to the television industry.
In her years with the station, Darcel has covered political conventions, a presidential inauguration, the visits of Prince Charles, presidential candidate Barack Obama and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Darcel’s special reports from Israel, “The Holy Land,” raised money for local charities.
“During my 27 years in television, I’ve never worked alongside a more dedicated and talented professional than Darcel,” WLOS General Manger Joe Fishleigh said. “Nor have I worked with a more genuine and kind person. She is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed by all of us who work with her.”
“The dedication and loyalty Darcel has shown to WLOS and WNC for the past four decades cannot be underestimated,” WLOS News Director Brian Nemitz said. “Her wealth of knowledge, not only as a journalist, but also as a member of this community, will be sorely missed in the newsroom. I wish Darcel nothing but the best as she finally takes time to enjoy her family, knowing she has made a lasting impact on the lives of many in Western North Carolina.”